The hopes of Newcastle fans that the club will turn the loan signing of Salomón Rondon into a permanent deal are set to be dashed.
That is because the Magpies’ chairman, Mike Ashley, thinks that he is too old to justify the £16.5 million option to buy that is the Venezuelan’s loan agreement.
Rondon, who turns 30 in September, is on a season long loan from Championship side West Bromwich Albion, and has made a big impression on Tyneside this campaign, leading the line and scoring nine goals, as well as providing five assists.
He has proved to be a big hit with the club’s supporters, but now it appears that Mike Ashley, who is already deeply unpopular with those self-same fans, is likely to close the door on the forward becoming a permanent Newcastle player.
Rondon meanwhile has been away on international duty with Venezuela, and continued his scoring form, netting the first goal in his country’s 3 – 1 friendly victory over Argentina on Friday.
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